Soldiers who train, fight and “socialize” together and grieve as a family over a fallen “brother or sister” are often closer to each other than their own siblings. Frequently, if family and “war buddies” have activities scheduled at the same time, “war buddies” are prioritized over family. I know that my dad was that way with his squad. My dad’s closest friend who fought beside him in World War II was affectionately called “Uncle Lloyd” by my siblings and me. Uncle Lloyd could get away with saying things to my dad that no one else could say. As a child, he was my favorite uncle even though he wasn’t family. Why? He was my dad’s closest “war buddy”. Together, they experienced war, the casualties of war, the fear of war, and heroic acts of patriotism for the love of their country.
If Christians behaved as we should, our fellowship and oneness would be much like “War Buddies.” Paul explains in Ephesians 6 that we are at war, 10 be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Daily, we should be engaged and fighting side by side with our “war buddies” dressed in our full armor serving the Lord. Our battle is not flesh and blood but a spiritual battle against the god of this world and his army. By the way, there is no protection for your backside. We’re all vulnerable. Who takes care of your backside? Yep, you know…your war buddies. We are not wired as Christians to fight alone. We fight T-O-G-E-T-H-E-R alongside our war buddies!
As “war buddies”, we must have extensive comprehension of our weaponry, be experts how to use and courageously protect ourselves and our buddies. 2 Corinthians 10 explains, “3For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
What do you think “war buddies” do when they are not fighting? They are together enjoying, relaxing, loving, and encouraging each other, and learning how to fight the enemy more effectively. That is exactly what we as Christians should be doing in our koinonia fellowship. “Every day they continued to meet together…broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:46&47).
Figure out how God wants you to experience koinonia fellowship and do it. There’s no Lone Rangers in Christ. He wants us associated with other Christians who are willing to be truthful, vulnerable, pure, candid, faithful, patient, and good. Who are your “War Buddies?”